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Moments after dropping their second straight district game there was no letting the loss linger for Lake Travis.

Westlake completed a full turnaround from the first quarter to take a 56-53 win over the visiting Cavs Tuesday night, using a 24-0 run in the second quarter to take control in the first half.

Methodically, Lake Travis (19-8, 5-2 District 15-5A) worked its way back into the game and had a chance at the win with the game tied 55-55 in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, but a Jordan Manse 3-pointer missed at the buzzer. Again in overtime the Cavs had a chance with the ball and trailing by three, but a 3 from Manse fell short and a follow up try by Jake Budde missed as well.

“It’s tough but it’s just more motivation for Anderson Friday,” said Manse of the loss and first-place showdown with Anderson coming up. “That could come down to the district championship so that’s what we’re focused on now.”

Hutton led the Cavs with 19 points and Manse had 14 of his 16 points after halftime. Stefan Vidovic scored all seven of his points in the third and Henry Castner added five points.

Chris Murch was huge off the bench for the Chaparrals (14-12, 3-4), hitting for 10 points in the second quarter and finishing with 15 overall. Will Morse led Westlake with 23 points, including two huge 3-pointers to start overtime to put the Chaps up six.

“Losing two in a row doesn’t feel good – we know we’ve got to get better,” Hutton said. “Well you’ve got to win away, and we failed to do that here.  We have a lot more away games; we’ll win some of them. We have to to get in the playoffs.”

Lake Travis got off to a quick start as Luke Hutton scored seven of the team’s first eight points and the Cavs took a 10-2 lead en route to a 10-4 edge at the end of one.

That’s when things took a complete turnaround.

Westlake grabbed the momentum and lead just a minute-and-a-half into the second, going up 12-10 on a 3-pointer from Murch. By the time the Cavs scored again, more than eight minutes had ticked off spanning the first and second quarters and Westlake was ahead 26-11 with 1:32 left before halftime.

“We had the best stretch of practices we’ve had all season getting ready for this game,” Manse said. “We were ready for this game and it showed in the first quarter but we ran out of gas in that second quarter … The were finding the gaps in our defense very well, but that’s Westlake, they’re very smart and you’ve got to expect that every time you play them.”

It was 28-13 Chaps at the break.

“We weren’t moving the ball – we’re all guilty of it,” Hutton said. “We shot too early, we didn’t have any flow in the offense and when you get stagnant and just stand there, then it’s hard to score. (Thirteen points in the first half), that’s not good enough.”

In the third, Lake Travis pulled within eight twice and closed the quarter with a 3 by Manse and a layup by Vidovic to make it 40-35 heading to the fourth. The duo combined for 15 points in the third frame.

Westlake stretched the lead to 44-35 as Lake Travis went cold again, but the continued to plug away. Hutton scored on a drive, then hit 1-of-2 at the line and capped the stretch with a three-point play, making an acrobatic over the shoulder layup plus the free throw to make it 44-43 with 1:57 to play.

Following a Westlake miss, Manse drove the lane for a jumper and suddenly Lake Travis had its first lead since the first quarter, 45-44 with 58 seconds left.

Morse was fouled on a jumper but the normally sure-fire shooter made just 1-of-2 at the line to tie it 45-45. The Cavs drained the last 40-plus seconds before Manse missed on his trey try.

Morse hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Westlake up 51-45, but two free throws by Sean Steffen with 54 seconds left brought it back to a two-point game, 53-51.

The Cavs tried to press Westlake but the Chaps broke through and Jackson Carter put in a layup to make it a four-point lead again.

On the next possession Manse drove hard to the rim and was fouled. He made both to make it 55-53 and Morse again hit just 1-of-2 on the other end, giving Lake Travis one last shot at it.

Westlake played the perimeter well and forced a long try from Manse and a rushed follow by Budde, giving the Chaps the overtime win.

“I knew it was short when I shot it but it should have been over in regulation because I took a contested 3 when I probably should have gone to the basket,” Manse said. “We know what we need to work on, we’ll get it together.”

Lake Travis will host Anderson 7:30 p.m. Friday in what could be the determining game for the district title.

“We feel good and like we can still win the district,” Hutton said. “That’s our goal and we’re going to do everything we can to do it.”

Boys basketball

Team                     Dist. W-L              Overall W-L

Lake Travis          5              2              19           8

Anderson            6              1              23           4

Del Valle              3              3              13           12

Austin High         3              4              18           8

Akins                     3              4              18           8

Westlake             3              4              14           12

Bowie                   1              6              14           10

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